In Part 4 of my continuing story of the legal plight of Bruce Aristeo of Camden, New Jersey, I uncover the grand jury indictment of Bruce Aristeo. His trial begins in January 2016 and he has no lawyer. He doesn’t even have a public defender working on his behalf.
(NOTE: Because I have written numerous articles on the Jody Raines – Camden County Prosecutors vs. Bruce Aristeo Legal Saga, there is now an article index I refer new readers to read and catch-up. I highly recommend you read the articles in chronological order to get the full, complete story with the proper context.)
The grand jury indictment document below is very short reading.
For reading convenience, I have pasted below the core text of Bruce’s indictment by a grand jury of the Camden County Superior Court (BOLD is my emphasis):
The Grand Jurors of the State of New Jersey, for the County of Camden, upon their oaths present that, BRUCE ARISTEO
On diverse dates between the 2nd day of January, 2013 through the 15th day of May, 2013, in the Township of Voorhees, in the County of Camden, aforesaid, and within the jurisdiction of this Court, did purposefully or knowingly engage in a course of conduct directed at Jody Raines that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety or the safety of a third person or suffer other emotional distress, and did so in a violation of an existing Court Order prohibiting said behavior, to wit; an Indefinite Temporary Restraining Order issued on August 2, 2012 by the Honorable Nan S. Famular, J.S.C. in the matter of Jody Raines v. Bruce Aristeo, Docket Number FV-04-004796-12b, contrary to the provisions of N.J.S. 2C:12-10c, and against the peace of this State, the Government and dignity of the same.
For the ambitious and curious, I provide a copy of the very disturbing Grand Jury proceeding transcript which describes their so-called “evidence” against Bruce. It is painful to see the severe lack of understanding of Bruce’s First Amendment and free speech rights regardless of any pre-existing “Indefinite” Temporary Restraining Order (TRO). I cringed the whole time I read the Grand Jury proceeding transcript.
The grand jury transcript makes mention of Bruce’s “inflammatory” videos that was first mentioned in the arrest warrant. I am not going to say much more about those videos because I think they largely speak for themselves. Anyone that understands the First Amendment and free speech as it applies to the Internet can plainly see that Bruce has been legally victimized in a horrifying way.
In my next post, I uncover the conditions of his release after sitting seven months in jail.
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